20 Jan 2011

Congresswoman Giffords to move to rehab centre

9:40 pm on 20 January 2011

The family of the American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says her condition is improving and she will be moved to a rehabilitation centre on Friday.

The Democratic politician survived a gun shot to the head during a shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people earlier this month.

Less than two weeks after a bullet passed through the left hemisphere of her brain, Ms Giffords is expected to leave the intensive care unit of a Tucson hospital and go to a rehab facility in Houston Texas where her astronaut husband is based with NASA.

Doctors say her recovery has in part been a miracle.

Her husband Mark Kelly said that after a number of surgeries he's hopeful at her signs of progress.

Radio New Zealand's Washington correspondent reports that the FBI is reviewing a chilling surveillance video that shows the attack, including Ms Giffords and twelve others being shot.

Suspect Jared Loughner, 22, has been jailed pending trial for the attack in Tucson.